Summer Wedding at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake in Western Pennsylvania

Karly & Chris said “I do!” to forever together at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake on one of the hottest days of the year this past Friday & we got to photograph the beauty, joy, and fun! If we had just shown up that day without knowing any better, we would’ve never believed that they got engaged only 4ish months ago! Karly & her mom planned and executed everything magnificently! Karly’s mom was Matron of Honor, florist, and decorator and she absolutely rocked it. Karly was a beautiful bride and everyone kept commenting on how calm and relaxed she was all morning. That’s what happens when a bride is amazing & plans everything to run smoothly! And Chris was ALL smiles all day; he is clearly so enamored with Karly. They are adorable together and are truly well-suited as a couple. They’re really one of those couples who are best friends. We’re honored to have gotten to photograph the wonderful day & we wish these two nothing but the very best and all of the happiness for many, many years to come in their new home with their furbabies and (as all of their friends and relatives agree) lots of human babies, too! Congrats, Karly & Chris! gathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddinggathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddingWhen you get married by a lake and want to be comfortable! Sperry’s for the bride!gathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddingAnd when the groom is a trusted and valued member of the local police force, his wedding details reflect it!
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They did a ton of songs that I’ve never heard a wedding band do, which was really awesome & got the crowd into it! It was REALLY sweaty and hot, but people were dancing anyway because the band was so great & because Karly and Chris inspire people to have a fabulous time.The band is called 7% Superstar, by the way.gathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddinggathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddinggathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddinggathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddinggathering place darlington lake pennsylvania weddingWe had to sneak them out for a few minutes for twilight portraits. 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And a huge thank you to Annie at The Gathering Place for being a wonderful human & awesome venue owner! Also, shout out to Medure’s Catering for their scrumptious food & always being 100%!

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If you’re new to our blog, hello & welcome! We’re Josh & Danielle, a husband and wife wedding photography team based in the Columbiana, Ohio area. Most of our weddings we photograph are in Northeast Ohio & Western Pennsylvania, but we also travel to help capture memories for amazing, adventurous, joyful couples, too! We’re goofy together, have our own handshake, and love having bonfires with our family. We have two little kids & we think they’re super cute. 😉 Thanks for stopping by our corner of the internet. We hope to meet you IRL soon!

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